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OLD DECCAN DAYS

OR

HINDOO FAIRY LEGENDS

CURRENT IN SOUTHERN INDIA.

COLLECTED FROM ORAL TRADITION, BY M. FRERE.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES, BY SIR BARTLE FRERE.

[Decoration]

PHILADELPHIA J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO. 1870.

Lippincott's Press, Philadelphia.

[Illustration: VICRAM MAHARAJAH p. 133.]

CONTENTS.

PAGE INTRODUCTION 5

THE COLLECTOR'S APOLOGY 12

THE NARRATOR'S NARRATIVE 15

1. PUNCHKIN 27

2. A FUNNY STORY 44

3. BRAVE SEVENTEE BAI 51

4. TRUTH'S TRIUMPH 81

5. RAMA AND LUXMAN; OR, THE LEARNED OWL 98

6. LITTLE SURYA BAI 113

7. THE WANDERINGS OF VICRAM MAHARAJAH 129

8. LESS INEQUALITY THAN MEN DEEM 161

9. PANCH PHUL RANEE 164

10. HOW THE SUN, THE MOON AND THE WIND WENT OUT TO DINNER 194

11. SINGH RAJAH AND THE CUNNING LITTLE JACKALS 196

12. THE JACKAL, THE BARBER AND THE BRAHMIN WHO HAD SEVEN DAUGHTERS 199

13. TIT FOR TAT 218

14. THE BRAHMIN, THE TIGER AND THE SIX JUDGES 220

15. THE SELFISH SPARROW AND THE HOUSELESS CROWS 225

16. THE VALIANT CHATTEE MAKER 227

17. THE RAKSHAS' PALACE 236

18. THE BLIND MAN, THE DEAF MAN AND THE DONKEY 248

19. MUCHIE LAL 258

20. CHUNDUN RAJAH 268

21. SODEWA BAI 280

22. CHANDRA'S VENGEANCE 291

23. HOW THE THREE CLEVER MEN OUTWITTED THE DEMONS 314

24. THE ALLIGATOR AND THE JACKAL 326

NOTES 333

INTRODUCTION.

A few words seem necessary regarding the origin of these stories, in addition to what the Narrator says for herself in her Narrative, and what is stated in the Collector's "Apology."

With the exception of two or three, which will be recognized as substantially identical with stories of Pilpay or other well known Hindoo fabulists, I never before heard any of these tales among the Mahrattas, in that part of the Deccan where the Narrator and her family have lived for the last two generations; and it is probable that most of the stories were brought from among the Lingaets of Southern India, the tribe, or rather sect, to which Anna de Souza tells us her family belonged before their conversion to Christianity.

The Lingaets form one of the most strongly marked divisions of the Hindoo races south of the river Kistna. They are generally a well favored, well to do people, noticeable for their superior frugality, intelligence and industry, and for the way in which they combine and act together as a separate body apart from other Hindoos. They have many peculiarities of costume, of social ceremony and of religion, which strike even a casual observer; and though clearly not aboriginal, they seem to have much ground for their claim to belong to a more ancient race and an earlier wave of immigration than most of the Hindoo nations with which they are now intermingled.

The country they inhabit is tolerably familiar to most English readers on Indian subjects, for it is the theatre of many of the events described in the great Duke's earlier despatches, and in the writings of Munro, of Wilkes, and of Buchanan... Continue reading book >>




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